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Re: “Memphis 3.0 Finds Challenges in Population Growth, Transportation

Here is the headline of the week and perhaps the most significant signifier of the poor leadership that has afflicted our region for decades. From last week's CA interview with the CEO of Servicemaster:

He remembers when word broke ServiceMaster had launched a national site selection search in early 2016. Few people in Memphis called him. Hardly anyone knew him to call.
"Initially I was struck by how little attention we got" from Memphis officials, Gillette said. "I think they thought I was already gone. It was shocking to me to see what people (elsewhere) were willing to do to get the headquarters of an American corporation to move to their location."

So Memphis leadership did not know the CEO of one of the biggest companies in town and when he announced he was looking to leave they did not contact him. And this is his "try to be nice" version of events because he's staying here. This is damning news about our current Mayor and the Chamber. Completely incompetent and well... lazy.

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Posted by BP45 on 06/18/2017 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Filling in the Blanks

It's a great day for Memphis when an incumbent Democrat female Property Assessor without explanation declines to run yet endorses the son of a wealthy white local property developer to succeed her. Face it, voters have been clamoring for this!

We need more white male sons of property developers assessing the property of developers.

Will he recuse himself on property owned by his father or his father's business partners?

Ultimately Jackson is too close to the figures he's trying to cover to do a good job for his readers. As is evidenced by the good ole boy photo he snapped with his phone. Lot's of back slapping amongst the khakis and polo shirts but no hard questions. Someone younger and of color may ask those hard questions because they need to be asked.

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Posted by BP45 on 06/18/2017 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Wild in Memphis

Has anyone seen hummingbirds in the Bartlett area of Shelby county?

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Posted by Annette Grantham on 06/18/2017 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Memphis Urban Adventures: Get Outside Without Leaving the City

Excellent article. I think the best thing about Memphis is the urban wilderness. Shelby Farms is a jewel, as well as the surrounding trails and greenline. Also have to give a shout out to Overton Park with its old growth forest.

Posted by LoveBC on 06/18/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Trap Jazz

This event was beyond AMAZING!!!!The women and men that made this event possible are BLESSED BEINGS,and I wish them much love and success.

Posted by JFranklin on 06/18/2017 at 12:59 AM

Re: “Listen Up: Seth Walker

What's with the turned around hats, why not just go beret?

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Posted by Nick R on 06/17/2017 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Memphis 3.0 Finds Challenges in Population Growth, Transportation

One could view Memphis as fecund, like a bayou or a compost heap.
It is the stuff of life people!
It ain't Anaheim.

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Posted by Nick R on 06/17/2017 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Memphis 3.0 Finds Challenges in Population Growth, Transportation

BG21, dang son, you hit the nail on the head. My cousin and his wife from the Cleveland, OH recently visited me and my family. They loved the BPS bowling lanes and the Wolf River crossing of the Greenline. We have a few good assets like Shelby Farms, the Greenline, Overton Park, and Beale.

However, and I keep preaching this, is the out of control crime and our so-called leadership and vast portions of our citizenry that actually condones crime. Both our JC and Tennessee DCS looks for every chance to put hard core delinquents in foster homes and unsecured facilities, and the adult criminal system has the 30 strikes and you're still not out hug a thug policy. You've heard it: Snitches get stitches and end up in ditches.

The 100 North Main building has only recently been empty, and Judge Potter and Co. are on this, so I am willing to let this slide for now. However, the Sterick has been empty and derelict for well over 30 years. This is effing ridiculous. IMHO, Judge Potter needs to drag AXA into his courtroom and have them do more than just painting murals on plywood. C'mon your Honor, sweat AXA like you do those landlords that let the grass go uncut for a couple of months. AXA is a multi-billion dollar company, they can afford to spiff up that Neo-Gothic spire on the corner of 3rd and Madison.

Our schools also suck. While it is common to blame just the teachers, we must realize that teachers can only do so much, if the parents to not instill the importance of education on their kids, and don't encourage academic excellence, or even attendance, what can teachers do? Also, we have had an overly bureaucratic BOE that cared more about game playing and personal enrichment more than student success.

I have lived in the city for more than half a century, graduated from MCS and Memphis State, own a home in the city limits, and I want to see this city reform, but so many of my fellow Memphians from the various social levels just don't give a damn.

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Posted by LoveBC on 06/17/2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “After Shooting, Kustoff Sees "Reset" of Bipartisan Feeling

It seems you've got to shoot a few people to get their attention. Maybe that's what the 2nd amendment was all about and why it immediately follows the 1st. It's our heritage, not hate.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 06/17/2017 at 10:38 AM

Re: “New Bus Riders Union Demands Change From MATA

mantap infonya gan OBAT MATA PLUS

Posted by icam on 06/16/2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “MATA: Trolleys Nearly Revived, Funding, & More

It's a fact: across the country, voters say yes to additional taxes for light rail. MATA needs a product that more people can see themselves taking. Sadly,the majority of Memphians do not see themselves in busses. But unfortunately light rail lacks any advocates at City Hall.
This I know: If MATA asks voters to fund more busses - including BTR (Bus Rapid Transit) which in Memphis won't have a dedicated lane - the measure will fail.
Voters will pass the same measure in Nashville - where the Mayor is a strong advocate for light rail and the tax measure will be funding light rail.
MATA lacks customer focus and the innovative spirit necessary to keep us competitive as a city.

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Posted by BP45 on 06/16/2017 at 10:56 PM

Re: “GOP's Vaughan Wins Special Election for House District 95

tick tick tick tick

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Posted by crackoamerican on 06/16/2017 at 8:26 PM

Re: “Memphis 3.0 Finds Challenges in Population Growth, Transportation

The main reason for the lack of growth is very obvious. Overall, Memphis is a very unattractive city due in part to crime, an unskilled workforce and a lack of vision. I've lived in 3 other cities and Memphis had the most potential out of all of them but has by far been the most disappointing. The crime here is unreal and until lawmakers change, strengthen and enforce the law it's going to get worse. I've been here 19 years now and have seen numerous friends leave due to the lack of progress, regression, apathy and the huge inferiority complex that permeates this region. These symptoms came from horrible leadership, the lack of development across the city and a downtown that still looks like 1983. The few developers that Memphis has attracted have been low level and just don't have the financial capability to complete projects. Why does it take forever to break ground on major projects? When will Belz start developing the corner of Union and McLean? Why are there still vacancies on the east end of Beale Street? What's the deal with all the hotels that are in the pipeline for downtown? How many years have the trolleys been idle? 100 N. Main and the Sterick Building are still vacant...really? Will Mud Island ever be redeveloped? How long have we been talking about One Beale? The Pinch District? The convention center? Also take into consideration the effect organizations such as Memphis Heritage and Friends for our Riverfront who protest any type of real development that improves or enhances the aesthetics of the city. Example, the proposed convention center hotel to be built currently where the Mud Island garage parking lot sits. What's the deal with fear of tall buildings on the riverfront?? There are numerous factors that have caused Memphis to be stagnant over the years. Until we develop a progressive mindset things will remain the same.

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Posted by BigTime21 on 06/16/2017 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Puck, Yes?

Memphis always supported the Riverkings.

Why we weren't allowed to keep our own hockey franchise is beyond me.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 06/16/2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Is Meddlesome's 201 Hoplar in Bad Taste?

See, CL Mullins, that's the other thing I don't get about our lovely Memphis jail...why does it have to be be in the middle of DT Memphis? The SF jail is in that janky part by all the interstate overpasses that's not very walkable anyway. Who puts a jail in the middle of a stinkin' tourist area?-by that, I mean DT Memphis proper. Though I wouldn't know where to put it the way DT has developed. The overpassy area in DT Memphis is too close to St. Jude. Maybe over there on Pres Island?

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Posted by Julie Ray on 06/16/2017 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Is Meddlesome's 201 Hoplar in Bad Taste?

Julie,
I was there about for 40 years, but that referencing came from folks who may not have looked forward to the visit. I also heard it used thus by the media. Sometimes simply saying Bryant St evoked that particular destination. And of course, as you know, court might also be held there.
We'd also take Bryant St as an easier access to the Bay Bridge from the Mission.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 06/16/2017 at 4:56 AM

Re: “Trump Über Alles

So. Many. Leaks.

It's as iff all of wASHINGTON wad a Venetian Dis Ease!!!/(

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 06/16/2017 at 3:31 AM

Re: “Peace & Tofu at Magnolia Grove Monastery

I attended a cooking retreat at Magnolia Grove back in March. We learned many delicious recipes.
https://placeatthetable.net/tag/magnolia-g…

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Posted by jmcole on 06/16/2017 at 3:20 AM

Re: “Is Meddlesome's 201 Hoplar in Bad Taste?

@CL Mullins, I have never heard the San Francisco jail called 850 Bryant. Not saying you're wrong-but I lived in SF for quite a while, even worked at a law office once-never heard it referred to as 850 Bryant.

Posted by Julie Ray on 06/15/2017 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Is Meddlesome's 201 Hoplar in Bad Taste?

Hey BP45, haven't you heard? Herpes sores are badges of honor today, very hip.

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Posted by East Memphis Mark on 06/15/2017 at 9:28 PM

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